May 15 2014

Vice Dean for Academic Advancement and Professor of Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health Roger Vaughan, DrPH has been named a recipient of Columbia University’s 2014 Presidential Teaching Award for excellence, a highly coveted, University-wide award. Each year, Columbia recognizes five faculty members from across the University for outstanding teaching. Established in 1996, the Presidential Teaching Awards honor the best of Columbia's teachers for the influence they have on the development of their students and their part in maintaining the University's longstanding reputation for educational excellence. Columbia President Lee Bollinger will honor Dr. Vaughan with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at this year’s University-wide commencement ceremony.

VaughanWEBsmA3O3411.pngThe Mailman School community has long recognized the tremendous skill that Dr. Vaughan demonstrates in the classroom. As former interim chair of the Mailman School Department of Biostatistics, he launched two new Masters Tracks, created cutting-edge statistics courses, and transformed its Doctoral Program curriculum. In 2011, Dr. Vaughan was honored by the Mailman School with the Teaching Excellence Award which the student body awards to faculty “whose stimulating classroom presentation inspires and challenges students, and whose contributions through teaching and advising will be long remembered.” In 2006, he was inducted into the Columbia University Medical Center’s Glenda Garvey Teaching Academy -- an honor to recognize excellence and promote innovation among faculty members on Columbia’s Health Sciences campus -- and received the Outstanding Teaching Award by the American Statistical Association in 2013.

Dr. Vaughan joins an elite group of Mailman School Presidential Awardees for Outstanding Teaching: Drs. Melissa Begg, Linda Cushman, Amy Fairchild, Bruce Link, Sharon Schwartz, and Michael Sparer. Ivy Chen in the Department of Biostatistics had also been previously honored with a Presidential Graduate Student Teaching Award.

About Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health

Founded in 1922, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health pursues an agenda of research, education, and service to address the critical and complex public health issues affecting New Yorkers, the nation and the world. The Mailman School is the third largest recipient of NIH grants among schools of public health. Its over 450 multi-disciplinary faculty members work in more than 100 countries around the world, addressing such issues as preventing infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health, maternal and child health, health policy, climate change & health, and public health preparedness. It is a leader in public health education with over 1,300 graduate students from more than 40 nations pursuing a variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs. The Mailman School is also home to numerous world-renowned research centers including ICAP (formerly the International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs) and the Center for Infection and Immunity. For more information, please visit